As the percentage of U.S. adults older than 65 years continues to grow, so too does the need for preventing mental illness among older adults as well as improving clinical services and outcomes for older patients with psychiatric disorders. Psychiatry's obligation to treat this population, and an agenda for research and enhancement of clinical services, is outlined by Warren D. Taylor, M.D., M.H.Sc., James G. Blakemore Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of General Psychiatry, and Charles F.
Kimberly Brown, Ph.D., ABPP, associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry and director, Forensic Evaluation Team, was recently invited to present at a meeting of the Tennessee Psychological Association (TPA) on Violence and Mental Illness in November 2018. Brown was also featured in national news coverage for USA Today's newspaper article "Playing with Fire. Click here to read the article.
Kimberly Brown, Ph.D., ABPP, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director, Forensic Evaluation Team, recently had her paper "Insanity Defense Typology" published in the journal Behavioral Sciences and the Law. The 2018 issue is in press. In addition to her publication, Dr. Brown was invited to speak at the Decriminalization of Mental Illness Conference held here at Vanderbilt in early March. The goal of the summit was to discuss ways to address how to best respond to mental health crises and police involvement.
D. Catherine Fuchs, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, served as co-editor for a publication of Child and Adolescent Psychaitry Clinics of North America titled "Transitional Age Youth and Mental Illness: Influences on Young Adult Outcomes." Citation: Martel, A, Fuchs, DC, co-editors. Transitional Age Youth and Mental Illness: Influences on Young Adult Outcomes, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America, April 2017, Volume 26, Issue 2.
Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., Associate Director of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Psychology, was recently published in the December 2016 edition of the AMA Journal of Ethics. Her article, "Autism, Art, and Accessibility to Theater," discusses accessibility of the dramatic arts to those on the autism spectrum and uses an attributional model of stigma to explain potential differences in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior toward people with mental illness.